As we will look to do for every Cleveland Browns games, including during the Pre-Season, we will get together with the staff covering our opponent on the Fansided Network. Today in preperation for the Browns game against the Washington Redskins tomorrow night we asked Riggo’s Rag‘s Editor Maurice Barksdale 5 questions:
The addition of Jay Gruden gives Robert Griffin III a head coach who work much closer with him than Mike Shanahan did. This should create a better relationship and rapport between head coach and quarterback. And I think Gruden will work more on helping RGIII become a better passer from the pocket than the previous regime did.
The addition of Desean Jackson gives RGIII a legitimate deep threat and one of the most dangerous receivers in the NFL. His presence should open up passing lanes for other receivers and the running game as well. Jackson also makes the Redskins receiving unit one of the fastest in the NFL.
2. What is the best and worst Browns fans can expect from a Kyle Shanahan coached offense?
The best you can expect about Kyle Shanahan is that he will build his offense around the pieces he has and will focuses on the things his players do best. Shanahan sticks to the running game and won’t abandon it if things don’t necessarily start out great in a game.
The worst of Kyle Shanahan is that at times he is a bit too conservative in his play calling. But then again that may have been the directive of the head coach he served under. There’s also the rumors that Kyle is hard to get along with. But there are successful coaches who are like that sometimes. And Shanahan had two consecutive Top 10 offenses with the Redskins.
3. How has ex-Brown Shawn Lauvao looked for the team?
Shawn Lauvao looked really good at left guard in the Redskins first preseason game against the New England Patriots. He and pro bowl left tackle Trent Williams will make good athletic tandem on the left side.
However, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden stated that Lauvao started off really slow in their OTA’s and minicamp and that kind of scared them initially. But Lauvao came on strong and had one of the best performances during training camp.
4. Who is the unknown player Browns fans should look for to flash on Monday Night?
Redskins rookie wide receiver Ryan Grant was the one of the breakout players in training camp and has impressed the Redskins coaches with his great hands and quality route running ability beyond his years.
Grant was a fifth round draft pick but probably should have been taken earlier. On defense look for inside linebacker Keenan Robinson to flash. He’s starting in London Fletcher‘s old spot. He has great size and athleticism and if he can stay healthy will be a force for the Redskins.
5. What are your expectations for Monday?
I think the Redskins will be a bit smoother offensively because they don’t have the distraction of a quarterback competition. And even though they have a new head coach the Redskins run the same defense as the previous four seasons so that gives them an advantage.
Manziel is capable of having a big game but the Redskins are the deeper team right now and I expect their reserves to have the advantage over the Browns reserves. So even though winning in the preseason isn’t the highest priority I expect the Redskins to win the game.
What are your thoughts on the Redskins tomorrow night?